• Governors from Batesville

    Batesville claims three former governors as its own: Thomas S. Drew (1844-48), Elisha Baxter (1872-74) and William R. Miller (1877-81). Of the three, only Gov. Miller was a native of Independence County. Miller was born to John and Clara (Moore) Miller in 1823 on the …

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  • Happy birthday, World Wide Web! Thanks for expanding our freedoms

    Welcome to adulthood, World Wide Web. You were born on Aug. 6, 1991, as an interconnected system that makes information accessible around the globe. That makes you 21. Since I can’t buy you a drink, how about a First Amendment salute instead? As it happens, …

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  • Saving distracted pedestrians

    “Distracted Pedestrians Are Just As Dumb As Distracted Drivers,” blares a headline on the San Francisco Weekly website. Old news. Back in my day, a particularly klutzy person was mocked as being “unable to walk and chew gum at the same time.” My mother still …

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  • Mass killings: People more traumatized than society

    When James Holmes murderously interrupted the new Batman movie in Aurora, Colo. on July 20, opening fire and killing 12 people and injuring 58 others, it was a sickening deja vu for many of us here in San Diego. On July 18, 1984, recently fired …

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  • State oversight of fracking

    I first heard about fracking (the drilling of natural-gas wells using a method known as hydraulic fracturing) in 2009 when environmental advocates charged that natural-gas drilling could endanger New York City’s water resources. I lived in the city at that time, so the news that …

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  • Husbands: The gorillas in our midst

    Do women have keener ears when it comes to children? I was at the zoo recently where I witnessed a scenario that made me both frustrated and empathetic toward men. As my kids and I were exiting the gorilla habitat we walked past a dad …

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  • Confederates keeping Union in check

    One hundred fifty years ago, both the Confederate and federal armies in Arkansas were preparing for a long military standoff. As Confederate Commander Thomas Hindman directs the daily operations of his worn soldiers, the Federal army in and around Helena fine-tune their camps and find …

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  • Bring back ban on assault weapons

    Public tragedies can serve as a catalyst for societal soul-searching and deep reflection. They often lead to a policy response as leaders craft reforms designed to prevent similar incidents from happening in the future. Except, it seems, when the tragedy involves guns. That’s a shame. …

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  • Romney: Presumptive tax dodger

    Who knows why Mitt Romney doesn’t release his old tax records? Maybe he’s stubborn. Nobody likes being told what to do. Could be an incredibly simple explanation like he lost them and is embarrassed. For all we know the accordion file of old returns fell …

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  • Brothers built mirror-image houses

    The mirror-image houses built by brothers, Charles R. and J. Stanley Handford in 1888, are directly across from each other at 658 and 659 Boswell St. in downtown Batesville. The identical, but reversed, floor plans were accomplished by merrily flipping the architectural drawings. It is …

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  • 100 million gun owners didn’t kill anyone last week

    “Laws that forbid the carrying of arms … disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes.”  —Thomas Jefferson     For my 10th birthday, I wanted a BB gun. Like the mother in “A Christmas Story,” Mom simply said, “You’ll shoot …

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  • Raising minimum wage good for Main Street

    The U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce supported the last increase in the federal minimum wage on July 2009 and we believe another raise is overdue. The business owners I talk with every day say that, far from hurting their businesses, raising the minimum wage in …

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